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Overeem backs Fedor into a corner

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Maybe Brett Rogers needs to drop to light heavyweight. Of course, that's a silly notion for a guy who walks around at 6-foot-4, 290 pounds. But after watching Rogers get steamrolled by Alistair Overeem, the thought crossed my mind.

Was it was technique or experience? Or maybe it was Overeem's immense power. Overeem made Rogers, who could double as a left tackle in the NFL, like an undersized heavyweight.

Things went down hill last night for Rogers in St. Louis when he locked up with Overeem in the middle of the cage. Showtime analyst Frank Shamrock said that's where Rogers would control things, with his power game. So much for that as Rogers was thrown to the side like a sack of potatoes. When Overeem jumped on top, it got worse. Rogers was finished less than 80 seconds later. He was outstruck 54-1. 54-1!

Wasn't this the same Brett Rogers who broke Fedor Emelianenko's nose in the first minute of their fight? The same Brett Rogers who actually beat up the legendary Fedor a little bit when he had top control? The same Brett Rogers who was neck and neck with Fedor into the second round until he got caught with a huge overhand right? It was and he's the same guy Overeem just destroyed in less than four minutes.

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Without hesitation, Overeem got on the microphone and said confidently that he wants the world's No. 1 heavyweight. He even said mocked Fedor's camp by saying it turned down the chance to fight him on this card.

What now Fedor? Whether it was Dana White or the money or the respect or the co-promotion angle, Fedor and Co. avoided the UFC. Now that Overeem has to be the next opponent in Strikeforce after Fedor walks through Fabricio Werdum next month, Emelianenko has been put in an awful public relations position.

If a Fedor-Overeem fight doesn't go down, Emelianenko's reputation will take a beating. I've had Fedor No. 1 pound-for-pound since day one when I joined Yahoo! in 2008. There are plenty of people out there who are with me and think he's the best, most consistent fighter in the world. That group also has to be thinking that Fedor is going to have a tough time beating Overeem unless he finds a way to get the fight to the ground.

So does this fight go down or does M-1 find Fedor a way to bolt for another promotion? Ariel Helwani spoke with Overeem, who thinks M-1 is holding everything up.

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